Susan Wallace stepping down as Executive Director of Canadian Actors' Equity Association

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The national Council of Canadian Actors' Equity
Association announces today that it has accepted the resignation of Executive
Director Susan Wallace. Ms. Wallace will be leaving the position to take up
other challenges, the details of which will be announced at a later date.
    In accepting her resignation, President Allan Teichman was moved to note,
on behalf of the Council "The world of live performance is one of constant
change, and for the past dozen years, Susan Wallace has been instrumental in
helping Equity to manage that change on behalf of its members, and to create
change of their own. The task itself is monumental; to have seen it handled so
expertly is exceptional. Susan has served the members of Equity with
diligence, passion and integrity, and Council, while truly saddened by her
departure, wishes her every success."
    Ms. Wallace reports "My immediate plan is to spend some long-overdue time
with my new granddaughter, my family and friends." She adds, "I leave the
Association with a heavy heart but with the knowledge that Equity is in fine
shape and is in the hands of caring and capable elected representatives and
staff. I have loved every moment of my time with Equity. It has been my joy
and my pride to serve the membership from every region of the country and in
every discipline. My sadness in leaving is tempered only by my certainty that
Equity will remain ready to meet new challenges and continue to be a force to
be reckoned with."
    Susan Wallace joined Equity as its Executive Director in 1995, leaving
her law practice in Saskatchewan. Ms. Wallace's many accomplishments
demonstrate her innovative leadership as head of the Association.
    During her tenure, Equity became the first English Association to receive
certification under federal Status of the Artist Act legislation (1996). She
coordinated the grand celebration of Equity's 25th Anniversary with
festivities taking place from coast to coast (2001). As the architect of the
Blue Man Group boycott coalition she brought the issue of artists' working
conditions into the national spotlight (2005). In 2005 she launched Equity's
twinning program with Oruuano in Namibia, all of which will be beautifully
detailed in the pages of the Association's new magazine EQ, which launches in
April 2007. She leaves the Association richer by her passionate and tireless
advocacy efforts on behalf of live performance artists.
    Ms Wallace's resignation takes effect in early summer, 2007. Equity's
national Council struck a search committee at a meeting earlier today.

    Canadian Actors' Equity Association is the voice of professional artists
working in live performance in English Canada. It is a national artists'
association representing more than 5,500 performers, directors,
choreographers, fight directors and stage managers working in theatre, opera
and dance from coast to coast.

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